Borders, Libraries and Books

So it turned out that my business, alone, was not enough to keep Borders solvent. I was a faithful customer of the Borders at 32nd and 2nd Avenue in NYC before our move, buying multiple books most months. I cut back on that somewhat after getting a Kindle, but there is still something very user friendly about a physical book that ebooks have not quite yet hit. And t… read more »

Clutter and Visibility

Lorie Marrero, author of The Clutter Diet (and host of The Clutter Diet blog) is a long time friend of 168 Hours (see her guest post from last fall here). I subscribe to her newsletter. Last week, she raised an interesting point which I’ve been thinking about, but hadn’t quite put my finger on:
“One of the main goals of any organizing project… read more »

Chore Wars: Men & Women Work the Same

That’s the news from a recent cover story in Time by Ruth Davis Konigsberg. I’m always excited to see the American Time Use Survey get popular coverage, particularly in this case, where Konigsberg used the ATUS and work from Suzanne Bianchi and John Robinson (whose research features prominently in 168 Hours) to debunk the whole “Second… read more »

Incentives and the cost of childcare

The debt ceiling debate continues (bringing out my inner wonk… who’s been deeply buried for a while). I’m quite intrigued and excited by the broad ideas proposed to lower marginal tax rates while reducing the use of exemptions and deductions. Higher marginal rates with lots of deductions reduce incentives to work and increase incenti… read more »

Weird Ways to Make Money

Borders may be liquidating, but there is no shortage of books still being printed, judging by the listings that come across my desk. The other day, I got a pitch from Wiley about a Steve Gillman book called “101 Weird Ways to Make Money.” The subtitle? “Cricket Farming, Repossessing Cars, and Other Jobs with Big Upside and Not Much Competi… read more »